Saturday, July 9, 2022

2022 Farmington Festival Days 5K Race Recap - Farmington, UT

Official Time: 25:22
Placement: 3rd in the 50 - 59 age division 
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: Upper 70's,  breeze from the south
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: [2021] [2019] [2018] [2012]

Mile TimeComments
18:13Initial climb on this race. Surprised that this wasn't slower
27:51Cruising downhill a bit.  Solid effort.
38:56Wow, I died on this mile. Glad to be done
3.060:24Sprint to the finish -- gentle downhill
Total Miles: 3.06 - 25:26


I really look forward to the Farmington Festival Days 5K / 10K race.  I first discovered the race when I moved to the Salt Lake area in 2012.  Back then, they had a half marathon which I did (in 1:41).  But for some reason I took a hiatus from the race and resumed attending in 2019.

They had dropped the half marathon and simply had a 5K / 10K. I ran the 10K and really enjoyed the challenging course.  It was never boring and best of all -- they had a really nice breakfast at the end that was included with your race entry.

So this year, I couldn't wait to sign up.  But with lingering injury issues, I was hesitant to sign up for anything other than the 5K.  So this was my first attempt at the competitive 5K race.

The Race

I got to the race early and snagged my shirt and bib and used the toilet.  With a 7 AM start time looming -- it was already getting warm.  The hot stifling air just seemed to make you not want to run hard.  I did some drills and got the heart rate going.  

I have had a lingering back injury for the last 2 - 3 months and during my warm-up I could feel it.  Definitely not happy.  There was a stabbing sensation in my lower back right above my hip.  I began to have some serious doubts as to whether this would be doable or not.  When this injury flairs up, it can stop you in your tracks.

So I kept my warm-up fairly brief, assembled just beyond the start line and got ready to run what might result in a walking finish 5K.

The race start was pretty crowded.  The race is well attended by young folks.  So the first quarter mile required a bit of finesse to get through.  I didn't mind though. The first half mile or so is a gentle uphill and it is best to go out a little easy on it so as not to burn out.

I felt like I was breathing pretty hard by the time I got to the top of the hill.  Fortunately, you get a downhill stretch and I was able to coast a while.  I was trying to gauge the competition, but the lead back had already gotten some ground on me.  Also, I was running with the 10K runners, so until the split off occurred, it was hard to tell who was running what.

As I ran down 200 E I was greeted with an 8:13 for the first mile.  I was expecting something more in the 8:30's, especially after the initial hill.  

Finally the sign appeared for the split. My heart was a little saddened that I wasn't continuing onward with the 10K but it was the best decision.

Mile 1 to 2 was a nice downhill.  It was nice to let off the gas a bit and just float down the hill. There was the occasional neighbor sitting on the corner watching us fly down the hill.   I finally got back to the Frontage Road -- one that I had suffered along for many of the previous year's 10Ks.

It was flat here and while I did have some crowd support, I clearly was running out of gas.  I was running with a few people that clearly weren't in my age group.  Mile 2's time of 7:51 offered a glimmer of hope of a decent race, but I knew that the rest of the race was flat or a slight uphill.

The crowds lining the street for the upcoming parade couldn't really save me.  I was really working hard here and just wanted the race to be over. I kept looking at my watch as I breezed within earshot of the finish line -- still over half a mile to go.

My form had gone by the time I got behind city hall.  There wasn't really anyone chasing me and one guy who I thought might be in my age group was pulling ahead of me.

I really had nothing left.  The heat, lack of training and I think eating a bit too much prerace had caught up to me.

Finally the final turn hit and the last .15 of a mile or so is fast and downhill.  All that was left was running for pride as I cruised down the hill and crossed under the finish line.


I was absolutely stunned that my back / hip held up.  I had very few problems with it during the race.  My fitness though, has definitely taken a hit.  

I was stunned to learn I had taken 3rd place in the 50 to 59 age division.  I kept refreshing the results half expecting my result to be removed.  But fortunately it held up.

There are no finisher's medals in this event.  With a race price of just over $20 I really don't expect one -- especially after the race provides a breakfast.

Post race refreshments were water.  They may have had bananas but I didn't see any by the time I was interested in one.

So naturally, I wish my time had been better but given where I am at, I was pretty happy with my time.  The course came in a little short but my time considering the course profile and heat weren't too bad.  I did manage to get a medal.

I'll definitely be there next year and this is one race I really enjoy.

Upcoming Races

07/16: 2022 Draper Days 5K - Draper, UT (Confirmed)
07/23: 2022 Handcart 5K - Bountiful, UT (Confirmed)
07/30: 2022 Alien Run - Farmington, UT (Maybe)
08/06: 2022 Roy Days 5K - Roy, UT (Maybe)
08/13: 2022 Bluffdale Badlands 5K / 10K - Bluffdale, UT (Maybe)
08/20: 2022 Provo Canyon to Pleasant Grove 10K - Lindon, UT (Confirmed)
09/03: 2022 Swiss Days 10K - Midway, UT (Maybe)
10/01: 2022 Witch Run 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
10/22: 2022 Haunted Emigration Canyon 5K - Salt Lake City (Confirmed)
10/29: 2022 Haunted Half Provo 5K - Provo, UT (Confirmed)
01/14: 2023 St George Half Marathon - St George, UT (Confirmed)
02/26: 2023 Las Vegas Half Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)
04/22: 2023 Salt Lake City Half Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed)
08/19: 2023 Rock 'N Roll Salt Lake City Half Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed)

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